Film: Vishwaroopam(Telugu,Tamil,Hindi,English, 2013)
Cast: Kamal Haasan, Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose, Andrea Jeremiah, Sekhar Kapoor, Jaideep Ahalwat, Atul Tiwari and others
Lyrics: Ramajogayyya Sasthry
Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Director of Photography: Sanu John Varughese
Editing: Mahesh Narayanan
Dance: Pt.Birju Maharaj
Produced by: Chandra Haasan, Kamal Haasan, Prasad V Potluri
Written and Directed by: Kamal Haasan
Release Date: 25 January, 2013
Watched Theater : Bollywood,A/c Guntur
Rating : 3.25 / 5
Kamal Haasan and Pooja Kumar New Telugu Film Vishwaroopam Movie Review:
The wait is over. Kamal Hassan’s biggest-ever film Viswaroopam, which has been delayed for one or the other reason, has seen the light of day in foreign countries but not in Tamil Nadu and other Southern states as the High Court has stayed the release after several Muslim groups raised objection.After a gap of three years, Kamal Hassan is back with Viswaroopam, which is written, directed and produced by himself. The film was supposed to be directed by Selvaraghavan but as the director walked out of the film due to other commitments, Kamal took the responsibility of directing the film.
Vishwaroopam deals with complex issues – terrorism, threat of nuclear war, and international espionage activities. And all characters seem good and bad. The film starts off with an Indian classical dance teacher Vishwanath’s (Kamal Haasan) much younger wife Dr.Nirupama (Pooja Kumar) trying to seek divorce. She is seeing her boss Deepak and plans to settle with him after getting divorce. She hires a detective to check whether Vishwanath has any extra-marital affair, so that she can easily get divorce. The detective finds that Vishwanath has another identity. An identity that he has kept as a secret from everyone! On the other hand, she also finds that her lover Deepak is closely linked with an international terrorist (Rahul Bose). Soon the film shifts to Afghanistan. And more unexpected twists and turns get the plot thicker and make audiences glue to the seats.
What do you expect Kamal Hassan to deliver? The man, who has done countless experimental roles and called as the modern-day Stanislavsky of Tamil cinema, is brilliant. Be it in his avatar of Kathak dancer with feminine qualities, or in the role of a terrorist, he proves again why he is the best when it comes to acting. He looks terrific in the Jihadi warrior getup. Pooja Kumar is a new find and she looks promising. She is sexy and adds glam quotient to the film. But Andrea Jeremiah has not got a big role and her role is not well described. Rahul Bose is astounding in the role of terrorist. Shekar Kapoor is good and rest others are okay.
Technical and Other Departments:
Of all technical aspects, Sanu Varghese’s cinematography stands tall, as he has done a brilliant job. He has wonderfully captured some of the rarest locales of Afghanistan. Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s two songs are good and background score is excellent. Especially, it is a treat to watch the Jet Fighter scenes on Auro 3D sound format. However, Mahesh Narayanan’s editing would have been better had he reduced the length of the film.
We all know how great Kamal Haasan, the actor, is. Not many know (at least Telugu audiences) that he is one of the finest directors too. His earlier directorial venture Virumandi (Pothuraju) wowed the critics and movie lovers. With Vishwaroopam, he is transported into a higher level. Set in the backdrop of international terrorism, the film is far superior spy thriller than the ones that we have seen recently in Bollywood. Vishwaroopam is loaded with many layers. It is not mere superbly executed espionage thriller. It has subtext to ponder over. The movie gives us the feel of watching a slick international movie; visuals, music, action and set pieces are on par with Hollywood action thrillers. In fact, pre-interval action episode is too good to believe that Indian technicians shot it. Enigmatic opening sequences, the entire episode in Afghanistan and the penultimate scenes are superb to say the least.
Well, now to the content. Kamal Haasan seems to have taken inspiration from Virata Parvam from Mahabharat, and the film is also on the heels of The Peacemaker (1997). The film also shows the perspective of terrorists and stresses on the futility of war. But the film’s material is too heavy for a normal audience to comprehend it. Personally, I am disappointed with the climax sequences as it is too predictable. And the film ends abruptly with loose ends and asks us to wait for second part. But the second half has enough meat that engrosses. Technical brilliance apart, the movie also holds the interest because of the impeccable performances by Kamal Haasan and other actors.
Vishwaroopam is a complex spy thriller that explores the theme of nuclear terrorism with gusto. Made with topnotch technical values. The subject and some scenes may not go well with normal movie goer. For discerning viewers, it is joyful ride. Watch Vishwaroopam for its making, technical finesse, Kamal Haasan’s effort and the detailing. In one word, Vishwaroopam is well-made spy thriller.
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